The Dayton Power and Light Company (DP&L), Dayton, Ohio, recently unveiled plans to construct a 1.1MW solar array near its Yankee substation in Washington Township, Montgomery County, Ohio. A visitors' center to educate the public about solar power is planned as part of the installation.

"This is one of our efforts to diversify our generation portfolio and support our compliance with Ohio's renewable energy requirements,” says Paul Barbas, president and CEO, DP&L. "We will be learning from these installations, testing optimum configurations, and studying the long-term impact solar could have in our area."

When completed, the facility will consist of 9,000 solar panels constructed over 7 acres and will generate enough electricity to power nearly 150 homes. The project is expected to cost approximately $5 million.